Nursing informatics approaches its 25th birthday

Eileen P. Williamson, MSN, RN

Eileen P. Williamson, MSN, RN

Since the American Nurses Association Congress of Nursing Practice recognized nursing informatics as a specialty in 1992, the number of nurse informaticists increased tenfold and predictions are the number will grow.

There’s no question that technology has changed the way we work in healthcare. Much of our paperwork is now computerized; our pen is a mouse. Instead of “pouring meds” we have automated dispensing systems; EMRs and robotics are everyday terms; and our facilities have clinical information systems that call for nurse informaticists to collect, analyze, manage and communicate information.

The specialty has helped integrate nursing science with computer science, and has supported both practice and education. It is changing and growing all the time, and depending on the specific role a nurse informaticist has, degree requirements range from the bachelor’s to the doctorate, and ANCC certification requires two years of RN experience and 2,000 hours of informatics work.

Learn more and take a continuing education course on the topic, called “Nursing Informatics: Leveraging Technology to Improve Patient Care.”


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